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Green tigers: new research shows protecting forests will deliver new economic boom for Southeast Asia via @mongabay

Green tigers: new research shows protecting forests will deliver new economic boom for Southeast Asia via @mongabay

Green tigers: new research shows protecting forests will deliver new economic boom for Southeast Asia Commentary by Glenn Hurowitz, special to mongabay.com June 27, 2011 A raft of new studies show that protecting Southeast Asia's forests could provide an enormous economic lift for Southeast Asia. Indeed, the studies suggest, forest conservation, sustainable forestry, and agricultural improvements, along with investments in clean energy, could spur the rise of regional "Green Tiger" economies whose development levels surpass even those achieved during the boom years of the 1990's. The studies provide a striking rebuttal to palm oil and timber industries' claims that deforestation is necessary for the region's growth. Perhaps the most authoritative assessment (pdf) comes from the Rajawali Institute for Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Its broad study of Indo...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0627-hurowitz_green_tigers....

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